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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Spime-Time as the New Technology Generation

No doubt there are many kinds of writing educational projects, and networks may provide an excellent means to distribute and publish any student production, but clearly some genres are meant for print rather than screen and length and style are alike, in terms of publishing.

There is a growing sense that higher education is struggling to meet the needs of students and one of them is writing online.Contemporary scholarly work cites a fewer range of sources than work in the past. We haven't read the original source neither, but we are falling behind on other issues too, for example, I have to confess that even when I spend considerable time online I wasn't familiar with these two terms: Chemtrails and Spimes.

I have to recognize that I am not a among those Americans who might find it alienating to "have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language." as Andy Borowitz stressed. Being said this, let me recommend the reading of Digital Digs where Alex Reid explains what we didn't know until a few moments, his explanation of the coined spime. Wikipedia cites Sterling's book and the same source is used by Raid to explain what it means to tech junkies, the spimes as a new technology:

"The spime composes its own topological, discursive text, marking its passage through space and time. As Sterling notes, objects become processes, trajectories of mutation (and ideally mutations that result in an unproblematic decay into non-toxic elements). Of course objects have always already been this (well, not the non-toxic part), but the spime allows the composition of information regarding this process. Here is this recursive process of ripping, mixing, and burning information. Each singular spime rips data from the world about itself, mixes it with previously analyzed data to produce a timeline, and burns that data into a recorded trajectory. Then "we" as composers rip data from a network of spimes, mix that data together (making connections, conducting analysis, developing interpretations and arguments, etc.), and burn the composition into a format that is once again accessible through the network. And its not really a matter of choosing to compose in this fashion, but the becoming self-evident that this is our process--much in the same way as the web 1.0 made self-evident so many of the once difficult theories of postmodernism."

The questions is how we are going to keep up with such a load of information when we are only monkey guys with handy keyboards?

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Google News’ Technology. It’s Awful

Google Break News, Really?
Education Breaking News -Photo by Yodel Anecdotal.
MG Siegler & Eric Eldon are tech news junkies. In order to be any good at what they do (tech blogging), they kind of have to be. A tech news junky’s best friend is an RSS reader - We (as much as they) troll hundreds of sources and thousands of stories on a daily basis looking for that one piece of news worth covering. But sometimes, that simply isn’t feasible all the time, you need an aggregator.

Many of us in the tech community know and love Techmeme -We do prefer Twitlinks, though- a tech news aggregation site. For finding the newest tech stories that people are writing about, there’s simply nothing better. Of course, there are sites that are bigger, like Google News. But have you ever tried to use Google News’ technology section (technically called Sci/Tech) to find timely items? It’s awful

Find out about this broken new at VentureBeat

'Generación Y' Wins the Jury Prize for Best Blog

Results for the Deutsche Welle's BoBs Awards was announced today. Among the winners in all 16 of the competition's categories is a Cuban blogger, Yoani Sanchez, who finished as top winner. She has received many awards now and Sanchez is thankful of all the support she received. In a translated Spanish post, she posted a video, writing: What else can we ask?

Generación Y managed by Yoani Sánchez, gives voice to a new entire generation of Cubans and most importantly, provides the world with a window into Cuba through her clear and poetic writing. She is a Hispanic Philology professional graduated in The Habana.

The BOBs Team stressed, "In addition to a slew of other obstacles in her way, Sanchez can't even post her own entries to the blog. Instead she is forced to e-mail them to friends outside of Cuba in order for her words to go online. Despite the challenges she has to overcome, she's managed to keep in contact with her readers and create a huge international community around her work."

We want to congratulate Yoani and if you are interested on contributing to this her moment, write to her an e-mail at: yoani.sanchez dot gmail dot com

In the mean time, head over to see the winners in all other categories. Education & Tech cheers them all up!

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Edublogs Is Embedding Hyperlinks Intentionally

Students using Edublogs report feeling violated and that their content is being mis-represented by We don't sell advertisement in this page but we are clearly okay with advertiser-supported services around the corner. What educationandtech doesn't like is users of free-hosting services having words or brands put in mouth that they have not chosen to support.

Christopher D. Sessums, accepts that he "clearly is late to this discussion" and points out:

While Mr. Farmer offers a cogent explanation for the need for revenue to support free, online hosting of Edublogs, he never says anything about embedding advertisements in user created content. I am not opposed to advertisements on free online applications. However, there is a big difference between placing an advertisement on a free site and placing an advertisement in the user's content. Huge difference. Major fucking difference. By doing such, Edublogs has crossed a line that is highly unethical in terms of having user's unknowingly endorse corporations or advertising content within content they have generated. Again, having a widget or a sidebar filled with advertising content is one thing; embedding advertisements in user generated content is another. The differences are not in the same ball park, not in the same area code, not in the same hemisphere.

What makes matters a tad worse is the defensive posture assumed by Edublogs and "drmike -- Volunteer Support Guru." They seem to be missing the point. Very few users are complaining about adverts. What users are concerned about is the way in which this situation is being managed. Since "drmike" is an anonymous unpaid professional, I suppose... you get what you pay for. You might think with the new advertising revenue being generated by Edublogs, they could afford to hire a less cynical customer relations person.

What do you think, is this a violation of our freedom and privacies?

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5 Ways to use Web 2.0 in the Classroom

Web 2.0 is the name for the new internet. It includes social media, interaction and crowd based tools. Without knowing it, we've all probably used web 2.0 tools and sites. Here are 5 ways you can use Web 2.0 in your classroom.

1. Create a Flickr pool for your classroom. Flickr is a great website devoted to storing and sharing photos. You can use it so students can upload photos of things they find in the field (interesting bugs in a biology class, for example) and share it with everyone else in the class.

2. Use a classroom Wiki. While Wiki is most often associated with Wikipedia, you can setup your own classroom wiki. All you need is some webspace and the latest copy of Wikimedia. This is a great way to foster discussion, share notes, and post assignments for later on.

3. Enrich the class with YouTube videos.
Have students create videos as a project. You can also record your lectures and upload them, so students can have access to them for review and enrichment later on.

4. Use delicious. Delicious is a bookmarking tool that allows you to share sites with other users. Tell students to share things that are of interest to each other and with the greater class. That way when
one student finds a resource, it can be shared with all the other students in the class easily and effectively.

5. Keep all your presentations online and in one easy place with sites like Scribd or Slideshare.
There's a double benefit - your students get easy access to review material, and you get an easy backup of all
your data.

This article was written by Maya Richard, who can be reached via mayarichard at She currently blogs on the subject of cell phones.

Teaching Students How to Begin an Academic Research

To teach children how to become competent researchers requires several stages. I like to use Inspiration (or Kidspiration) Graphic Organisers to guide them in this task. Once they have some knowledge of the topic at hand teachers generally set them an activity where they have to come up with a question to research about. Most children find this difficult.

That is why I use this Graphic Organiser What do we know about? Students fill in what they know about the topic. I then ask them to choose one of the ideas that they would like to know more about. They then choose one of the ideas and turn that into a question.

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Web Sites and Profiles Promote Social Skills in Youngsters

Still some argue that social skills are developed from the three dimensional dynamics of interaction with other persons. That it requires face to face contact. Skeptics of how social networks really work out accept that, the Internet can be used like speaking on the phone - however there are a lot of things done on the Internet and by phone - that are a waste of time. Having a phone and the Internet can help you day by day - but aren't life essential items to have. Or as my son said, after watching last night YouTube Live, those guys "don't have a life!"

In September we reported on a survey conducted by Alexandria, Va.-based National School Boards Association and they agree with findings of the Digital Youth Project from the MacArthur Foundation. This study suggests that "hanging out" on Facebook, MySpace, Friendfeed and other social networks isn't a waste for teens, after all.

Mizuko Ito, University of California, Irvine researcher and the report’s lead author has said: "We found that spending time online is essential for young people to pick up the social and technical skills they need to be competent citizens in the digital age.

...Kids denied access to new media, because their family can’t afford it or because their parents, school or library restrict their access or time on social networking sites, are likely to be short on skills that members of their generation are expected to possess", the researchers concluded.

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